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Good test results

December 15, 2017

After 8 weeks of immunotherapy, I had blood work done and got the results this week. Before I started, we did extensive testing – hormones, cancer marker, vitamin levels, etc… to have a baseline. At that point, a month after having a lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed, my cancer marker was 27. (This article explains more about the cancer marker CA 27.29.) Like many of the tests available, it’s not a guarantee of anything, but it seems like it’s a good indicator. The normal range is below 38, so we started great, and now it’s down to 21!

I was relieved when I got this news, grateful, thanking Jesus, but I have struggled to be excited. I think part of it is my general place in life right now, part is just that I’m over dealing with cancer, and part is that I know that keeping cancer away will be somewhat of a lifelong journey. I’ve had a swollen lymph node for about 6 weeks and we have been treating it in various ways. I was stressed for a while that it was more cancer, but about two weeks ago, I had several conversations that helped me have peace about that. It didn’t make sense logically that it would be cancer since I had a clean PET scan in October. Obviously, nothing is impossible, but based on the type of cancer I have/had, it was highly unlikely. So maybe the fact that I already felt good about my progress has diminished my enthusiasm over good results?

I have a new protocol now – phase 2, which has me only going to the doctor once a month and only for IVs (instead of every week for multiple treatments)! We have modified the arsenal of supplements I take and will be addressing some hormonal things. We will test again in 3 months, and that will also be around the time I have my next mammogram and appointment with my surgeon. It’s hard to believe that it’s just been 4 months since I was diagnosed.

There’s always more to say, so much that I have yet to write about, but I need to let you know that there is reason for rejoicing. I’m so grateful for all the love and support and prayers we have and continue to receive. Thanks be to God.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Keith permalink
    December 15, 2017 15:03

    That is great news. Are prayers are with you and your family.

    Sent from my iPhone


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